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Senator Kane: Property tax and rent relief payments to begin July 1

Senator Kane: Property tax and rent relief payments to begin July 1
Senator Kane: Property tax and rent relief payments to begin July 1

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27 June 2024 – Starting Monday, thousands more seniors in Pennsylvania will get more money back through the expanded property tax and rent reimbursement program.

The first tranche of payments under the program, which helps eligible seniors and adults with disabilities with a refund of up to $1,000 on property taxes or rent paid in 2023, will be paid out starting July 1.

“I am thrilled that these rebates will now go to our seniors and disabled Pennsylvanians,” said Senator John I. Kane. “This program and its expansion demonstrate what we can accomplish when we put the needs of our most vulnerable citizens first. I was proud to vote to expand this rebate program because I believe we must do everything we can to support our seniors and disabled. It is encouraging to know that these rebates will significantly improve the lives of recipients.”

“The Property Tax Rent Rebate program has long been a lifeline for Pennsylvanians – and in my first year, we expanded the PTRR program and passed the largest targeted tax cut for our seniors in nearly two decades,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “As a result of this expansion, more than 442,000 Pennsylvanians across the state will receive refunds starting next Monday – including 80,000 first-time filers who were ineligible last year. This is a big deal for our seniors – and it’s proof that we can work together in a bipartisan manner to get things done.”

Thanks to legislation Senator Kane sponsored and voted for, the rebate was expanded this year to raise the maximum rebate amount and income limit. Now, an additional 175,000 Pennsylvania residents are eligible, including 2,300 in Chester County and 4,300 in Delaware County. In addition, many residents who were already eligible will see their rebate increased—some by nearly double.

According to the Pennsylvania State Tax Office, the initial payout distribution includes about 442,000 refunds totaling $266 million. That’s a significant increase from last year, when 283,468 homeowners and renters received refunds totaling nearly $132 million.

“Our staff has been working hard to help eligible Pennsylvania residents complete their refund applications. Since January, we have been providing application assistance by phone, in our county offices and through visits to senior and community centers across the state,” said Treasurer Pat Browne. “Our agency has received approximately 100,000 more applications than during the same period last year – and the applicant pool so far includes nearly 89,000 first-time applicants who will benefit from the refund program for the very first time.”

Applicants who provided their bank account information on their application forms will receive their refund via direct deposit. Applicants who requested a check be sent by mail will likely receive their payment by mail.

The IRS has already processed and approved 93 percent of PTRR applications. The remaining applications pending approval either contain errors or may require additional information — in case you are contacted by the IRS. Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to respond as soon as possible so their application is approved and they receive their refund on time. In addition, those who have already applied can track the status of their refund by clicking on “Where’s my refund?” on mypath.pa.gov.

The property tax and rent refund program is open to eligible seniors ages 65 and older, widows and widowers ages 50 and older, and adults with disabilities ages 18 and older whose household income does not exceed $45,000 (half of Social Security income is excluded).

If you think you may be eligible but haven’t applied yet, the application deadline was recently extended to December 31, 2024.

Residents can apply for the refund online at mypath.pa.gov or complete the paper application PA-1000. Applicants must submit copies of 2023 income statements and paid 2023 property tax receipts (local, school, county) or a rental certification completed by the landlord. More information about the program can be found online at PA.gov/PTRR

The application is always free and assistance with the rebate application is available at Senator Kane’s district offices in Thornton and the City of Chester.

For appointment details and other questions regarding property tax rent refunds, please contact Senator Kane’s office at (610)-447-5845.